99 Young Adult Books To Read

This was written to suggest a reading list for last summer, but it’s good any time.

The original title of the piece was “95 Young Adult Books To Read Instead Of Reading Harry Potter AGAIN” and the author, Rebecca Eisenberg, admits, that the list does actually include the Harry books. “But so are a lot of other really good books that you probably haven’t read yet. Instead of rereading your old favorites, why don’t you pick up something new to read.”

My own YA books. the Worldweavers series, are not on her list, but I’ll suggest them anyway, particularly now that the fourth in the series, Dawn of Magic, is nearing publication. You can find the first three here.

95 YA books (plus four)

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Some Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

These 30 photos from Bored Panda are gripping and unforgettable because of the volumes they speak about the human condition, about the best and worst moments of contemporary human existence.

Eternal loveThe Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888
Image credits: retronaut.com

Unforgettable images

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Killer Websites that can make you brilliant — well, look brilliant anyhow

There are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter for low or no cost, Jon Negroni writes in Technology, and lists 25. Things like Cooking for Engineers, Nerd Fitness, Speed Reading, etc.

Get smart

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Native American travels across U.S. photographing citizens of tribal nations

As a potential legacy of, and tribute to, what may be changing and even vanishing cultures, often steam-rollered by “progress” and modern society, this is an awesome project.

1st AmericansCourtesy Matika Wilbur – Jenni Parker, right, and granddaughter Sharlyse Parker of the Northern Cheyenne tribe pose in Lame Deer, Mont., in August.

The first Americans

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Women writers who served time

Writing can be a scandalous art. Numerous lists abound of famous male authors who have gone to prison, and most can probably name a few pretty quickly — Miguel de Cervantes, Jean-Paul Sartre, Antonio Gramsci, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Oscar Wilde, for instance, have all spent time behind bars.

Imprisoned women writers seldom come to mind. Emma Goldman, for example, learned the hard way that sometimes expressing your mind is a criminal offense.

Imprisoned women writers
 
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25 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names

There are so many things out there that we deal with or see everyday, but have no idea what they are called. Fear not, Buzzfeed has the answer.

Crepuscular RaysCrepuscular Rays: Rays of sunlight coming from a certain point in the sky. Also known as “God’s rays.”

Petrichor:Petrichor: The way it smells outside after rain.

But in my mind that’s not the exact definition of ‘petrichor’. I think of it as the way it smells outside after the first rain after a long dry spell.

It has a name

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Tears of joy and tears of sadness

They look different under the microscope, Casey Chan tells us on Sploid.

Onion tearsTears from onions

Tears under a microscope

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Quote of the Day

The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.” ~ Thomas Wolfe
 
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